Armstrong Creek rejuvenation wins more recognition
ARMSTRONG Creek’s transformation from a degraded waterway to a landscaped stormwater system feeding internationally protected wetlands has been recognised by the development industry’s peak body.
Warralily won the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Environmental Excellence Award at a ceremony on the Gold Coast.
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It’s the twelfth gong for the estate on Geelong’s southern outskirts, including eight for landscaping and stormwater management.
Warralily director Mark Casey said creating an urban environment that lives in harmony with the natural environment was part of the vision for the 380ha estate, the largest in the growth corridor that’s home to more than 7000 residents, with more than 500 lots under construction.
“Our early focus on rejuvenating Armstrong Creek laid the foundation for the community’s distinctive sense of place and intimate relationship with its landscape,” Mr Casey said.
Warralily general manager of development Mark Whinfield said the project rejuvenated a 2.8km portion of the creek, creating a beautiful landscape that combines the estate’s open space network.
The project used large volumes of recycled material and planting more than one million locally propagated seeds.
A focus on remnant vegetation sees large river red gums and relocated red gum stags providing hollows and safe havens for native animals.
More than 56 bird species have been sighted in and around the wetland systems and reserves.
Mr Whinfield said the stormwater system had also served its purpose, holding water during the only significant rain event in recent years that caused major flooding in Geelong’s CBD.
Mr Casey acknowledged the City of Greater Geelong for creating a dedicated team to assist developers in the growth area.
Jeremy Minter led the project, which also involved the council, Barwon Water, SMEC Engineering and Surveying, Core Projects Agents, GBLA Landscape Architects, ANZ and Winslow Constructors.